The allegations come just three weeks before Fulton County residents are scheduled to vote in municipal elections.
Two activists have been fired in Fulton County, Georgia, after they were accused of cutting hundreds of voter registration applications, prompting Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to call for the US Department of Justice to investigate.
“After 20 years of documented failure in the Fulton County elections, Georgians are tired of waiting to see what the next embarrassing revelation will be,” Raffensperger said in a press release on Monday. “The Justice Department needs to take a longer look at what Fulton County is doing and how their leadership deprives Fulton voters through incompetence and malice. Georgia voters are sick of Fulton County’s failures.”
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According to a release from Fulton County Registration and Elections Director Richard Barone, two unidentified employees are accused of cutting batches of applications received by the county rather than properly processing them.
The allegations come just three weeks before Fulton County residents are scheduled to vote in municipal elections, having received all of the shredded applications in the past two weeks.
Two workers were reported on Friday by fellow workers and were terminated later that day.
“Elections are the most important function of our government,” Fulton County Commission Chairman Rob Pitts said in the release. “We are committed to transparency and integrity.”
In addition to calls for a federal investigation, Raffensper said the secretary of state’s office has also opened an investigation into the incident.
The secretary of state said the review “could lead to the replacement of the leadership of Fulton County’s elections” under Georgia’s new election integrity law.
Those who believe their registration may have been affected by the incident and are not registered on election day will be allowed to cast a provisional ballot while the investigation attempts to determine which voters were affected.